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Living Room Conversations

We're All Just Walking Each Other Home.

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.23.2016 | Religion
Living Room Conversations

by Linda Taylor We've just heard that Jesus and the disciples were turned away from a Samaritan village where they may have expected to be welcomed....

Two Pacifists Go To A Shooting Range

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

by Mary Gaylord It took me by surprise when my hippie-liberal-pacifist friend called and asked if I'd go to a shooting range with her. She'd received...

Stopping Fear

Living Room Conversations | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

Since that awful day in 2001, I've been very clear about one thing. Fear is a weapon. Those who seek to control us, the people, wield fear as a weapon to control our reaction, our attention and pervert our American values. But what is fear, really?

Was I Being Trolled? No.

Living Room Conversations | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

by Debilyn Molineaux Most of the time I go on Facebook and catch up with my friends, like memes about good deeds, kindness and videos of cats. I like...

Ready to Rumble with the Tea Party

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.23.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

For me, polite conversation gets real when you dance on people's issues. But in this conversation, I was called out for being insensitive to the life experiences of my conservative interlocutors. Although there wasn't much common ground politically, there was some surprising rapprochement personally.

Hate Is Our True Enemy

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find. Because so often, throughout our history, those have been the places where progress really happens.

Hate Speech, Free Speech and Conversation

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.11.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

Through understanding hate as a human problem, rather than an ideological one, we can perhaps cross barriers that politics or religion would not allow.

Young People... Preparing to Vote or Not to Vote?

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

When I shared my concerns about voting my mentor, Joan suggested that I co-host a living room conversation about youth voting with my peers.

Celebrating (and Mourning) Marriage's Evolution in America

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

In the week ahead, most of America will have its eye on the Supreme Court as they issue their ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges concerning whether states have the power to define marriage as male-female institution.

Faith in Citizens

Joan Blades | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Joan Blades

I've come to believe that even if there was agreement in the U.S. that climate is a key concern, we would do a poor job of addressing the problem. Adversarial solutions will not suffice -- we must learn to hold the tensions of our differences and use this tension to inspire solutions that are better than we have yet imagined.

Living Room Conversation

Audrey Addison Williams | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Audrey Addison Williams

I have spent the past 25 years serving as a bridge builder by creating events and offering tools that encourage cross cultural engagement and celebration of our diversity. I am blessed to have been part of amazing transformations of individuals that have resulted in community empowerment.

Talking Turkey With Family

Joan Blades | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Joan Blades

You know better than anyone who in your family might appreciate and be open to a meaningful conversation that includes politics. Why not just look for common ground? The media spends more than enough time on our differences.

The Next Citizen's Movement -- Respectful Dialogue

Joan Blades | Posted 02.04.2012 | Impact
Joan Blades

The Living Room Conversations project leverages the common sense of average citizens from across the political spectrum to short circuit the destructive political dynamics we find ourselves trapped in.